Words of Wisdom - Vegas 2015

There is a ton of Vegas excitement in the air! The whole teacher-blogging  community is abuzz with talk about the upcoming Vegas conferences and meet ups happening in just under 2 weeks.

I'm not really sure how this happened, but have you seen how many people are attending our BIG Teacher-Blogger Meet Up?

Do you see that number up there? ----------^^^


Nine hundred thirteen people!!

Ummmm….. YIKES! Ya'll that is quite an amazing number! Like, I'm pretty sure we could enter this into the Guiness Book of World Records. How many teacher bloggers can you shove into a room in Vegas? Yes, we're doing it! (Good news, we have a MUCH bigger room this year!)

Along with the excitement of this whole Vegas event, comes some feelings of a little bit of fear or shyness. Rachelle's not scared at all, she lives for these big events. But the rest of us, I think, can start feeling a little overwhelmed.

So today, I'm here to give you some advice. This is our 4th year in Vegas so we've learned a thing or two over the years.

{#TBT to the first ever meet up in 2012!}

Our Words of Wisdom - Vegas 2015

1. Please say hello to all your blogging favorites. If you pass them on the escalator or you're passing them near the casino, SAY HI! Never be too shy to say hi, everyone is very friendly!

{Meeting new friends in the middle of the casino}

2. Don't feel bad if someone you know from online doesn't recognize you in person. I am the worst at matching names with faces and blogs. (Luckily we'll all have our names and buttons printed on our name tags at the meet up to help with this.)  I always introduce myself and my blog when I meet new people because I never assume that anyone knows who I am. 

{Group shot of all the teacher bloggers in 2013}

3. Don't stress about business cards, buttons, etc. If you have them great, if you don't, NO WORRIES! This is something that can be fun, but is definitely not necessary. 

{After the hypnotist show in 2013}

4. Don't over-plan yourself. There are like a million meet ups going on this year. Don't feel obligated to attend them all. You're going to want to have some downtime. You'll want to lay at the pool, or go shopping, or hit up the casinos. If your day is over-planned you'll miss out on some of the fun impromptu type activities.

{Relaxing poolside two years ago}

5. Be ready to make lots of new friends! No matter if you're going to Vegas by yourself or going with a whole group of BFFs, be prepared to form lots of new friendships. Who knows, these people could be your new blogging besties by the time Vegas is over.

{Picture - with PAUL - after the TPT Happy Hour last year}

In case you didn't know,
Rachelle and I are super excited to see ya'll there!!

{Last year at the Teacher-Blogger Meet Up}

Have you seen our list of amazing sponsors? Here's another peek at the generous people who are making the meet-up possible:


The Techie Teacher® said...

Thank you so much for this post!! I am so excited...this will be my first time :) Hope to meet you!
The Techie Teacher

Unknown said...

I've been there since year 1... but last year TOTALLY overwhelmed me. I need more bloggy friends! Can't wait to see what 915 teacher bloggers looks like!

Stacie said...

I am so excited about attending! This is my first year and I can't wait! Who would be the best person to contact about adding to the sponsors for giveaways?

Miss Kindergarten said...

This will be my 3rd year going and I'm still nervous as HECK!!!!

Unknown said...

So many great sponsors!! This is exciting. My word of advice- Drink AFTER the party! lol :)

Natalie Kay said...

Lol! Excited to see you again!! 😃

Natalie Kay said...

Awesome! It will be exciting to meet you!

I'm pretty sure the deadline for donating as passed. What was it that you wanted to donate?

Natalie Kay said...

Can't wait to meet you! Be sure to say hi to us! 😃

Natalie Kay said...

915 might be crazy, but it will surely be fun! Can't wait to see you again!

Natalie Kay said...

Ha! Great advice, Daliene! See you there!

One Giggle said...

Thank you for this post! I am starting to et overwhelmed but I am sooooo excited!!!!! Can't wait to meet you all!

jackie said...

Thanks so much for this post! This will be my first time attending and I am coming alone so I am very excited and nervous! Can't wait to meet all of you!

Natalie Kay said...

You will love it!!!! See you soon!

Natalie Kay said...

It's overwhelming for sure, but it will be so fun! See you soon!

Ms. McGaha said...

Can't wait! Thanks for sharing!

Kristin said...

So excited! Can't wait!

Mandi Moore said...

Great post! I'm super excited to go for the FIRST TIME EVER!! Lots of great tips! Can't wait to finally meet all you ladies that inspire me so much!!

Elizabeth said...

So excited to meet you guys in person! I can't wait :)


Fun in Room 4B

Jenny Rynearson said...

Thank you for the great advice! I'm headed out to Vegas by myself, and I am so pumped to meet everybody! Woot woot!


Wendy said...

I feel like everyone is so ahead of me. We just got out of school here in MA yesterday. Everyone seems to be talking about clothes and shoes to wear, what to bring, and even though I am more like Rachelle, at this moment my introvert from MS and HS shows up. Will people like me ? What if I don't wear the right thing.... etc.

Thanks for your thoughts Natalie.... see you soon !

Wendy D.
Ms. D's Literacy Lab

Leslie Jones said...

Thank you for this post. I came last year with a friend from my school and it was great fun. This year I am coming alone, but am still SUPER excited. Can't wait to meet some new friends.

See everyone there,

Natalie Kay said...

You're welcome! See you soon!

Natalie Kay said...

Yay, we're glad you're coming!

Natalie Kay said...

Oh Mandi! We are so excited to meet you!!

KinderbyKim said...

Hi Natalie! Kim Jordano here so excited to see all you darling girls! Do we need a special badge?

Wise Guys said...

Eric and I from Wise Guys are excited to attend this year! We are looking forward to networking and learning how to blog better. We have no clue of what we are doing. :-)

Unknown said...

Such a helpful post! Thank you!
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